James Madison vs. William & Mary - 1/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
William & Mary Tribe (8-4) at James Madison Dukes (4-10)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm (JMU Center)
The Line: James Madison Dukes -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The William & Mary Tribe will travel to the JMU Convocation Center to take on the James Madison Dukes this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The William & Mary Tribe improved to 8-4 (1-0 CAA) on the season after defeating the Hofstra Pride, 90-87, this past Saturday. In a tight game in the 2nd half, William & Mary was able to secure the victory after finishing the last :52 seconds of regulation on an 8-2 run. William & Mary shot 53.4% from the field and 53.3% (8-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tribe was Nathan Knight who had a double-double with 31 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 8 blocks. On the season, William & Mary is averaging 87.3 ppg on 51.7% shooting from the field. The Tribe are averaging 11.8 three-pointers per game on 46.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, William & Mary has been led by Nathan Knight (19.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 3.1 bpg), Matt Milon (14.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg), Connor Burchfield (13.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg), and David Cohn (11.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 7.2 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, William & Mary is allowing their opponents to average 81.7 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Tribe have a rebound margin of 0.6 and a turnover margin of -1.8.
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The James Madison Dukes lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 4-1 (0-1 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Northeastern Huskies, 81-70, this past Saturday. James Madison trailed by a 44-36 margin at halftime and couldn’t fight back after Northeastern took a 69-54 lead with 7:58 left in regulation. James Madison shot just 37.5% from the field and 11.1% (1-9) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Dukes was Stuckey Mosley who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and a steal. On the season, James Madison is averaging 74.8 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Dukes are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, James Madison has been led by Stuckey Mosley (19.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.6 spg), Joey McLean (12.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg), Matt Lewis (9.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Develle Phillips (8.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.5 bpg). Defensively, James Madison is allowing their opponents to average 76.6 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
The Tribe are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games vs. CAA opponents. The Dukes are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home.
William & Mary has won 7 of their last 9 games and although they have a defense that is ranked just t-329th in scoring defense, the Tribe has had no problems putting up points on the scoreboard as they rank 16th in scoring offense and 4th in FG%. James Madison has lost 6 of their last 8 games and have struggled on both sides of the ball as the Dukes rank 181st in scoring offense and 276th in scoring defense. William & Mary showed recently that they ban be competitive on the road after losing by just a 86-75 margin at TCU and as I think the Tribe offense will be able to put up plenty of points against the James Madison defense, I’m taking William & Mary and the points.